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Samsung New Camera Sensor

Samsung has announced a new image sensor for smartphone cameras. The company says that it is the smallest pixel in the industry. The ISOCELL JN1 is a 50-megapixel sensor with a relatively tiny 1/2.76-inch format, meaning its pixels are just 0.64μm in size. For comparison, the company already broke records in 2019 with the slightly larger ISOCELL Slim GH1, another 50-megapixel sensor with 0.7μm pixels.

Samsung says its JN1 sensor also comes with Isocell 2.0 tech, which the company claims improves light sensitivity by around 16%, along with Double Super PD autofocus that features special oval-shaped micro-lenses fitted onto pairs of nearby pixels to quickly detect changes in phases.

Samsung New Camera SensorSamsung says this allows the JN1 to deliver the same speedy autofocus performance compared to previous-gen sensors with 60% less light. However, by using quad pixel-binning on the JN1, the company can combine four nearby 0.64 micrometre pixels into one large 1.28-micrometre pixel in low-light to help increase overall light sensitivity.

The company also said that like other sensors that use pixel-binning in low light, this process does result in a lower resolution of 12.5-MP photos, down from its usual 50-MP shots. The sensor’s smaller size means it can be used in ultrawide or telephoto camera modules which are challenging to design when size is at a premium or as a way to reduce the height of the primary camera bump. The company also announced that it has started mass-producing this new camera sensor. This means that we should begin seeing it arrive on a new smartphone in the coming months.

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